Chaplin's second film for Essanay was the first of five films shot in and around the company's Niles studio in northern California. The plot is a variation of the teaming of Chaplin and Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle in the Keystone film The Rounders, this time paired with Ben Turpin, with whom Chaplin forms an excellent comedy partnership. In the film Chaplin and Turpin are drunks about the town, starting at a cafe and ending in a risque hotel room mix-up with a pretty girl, similar to what Chaplin had already done at Keystone in Caught in the Rain, yet this time with Edna Purviance in her first film for Chaplin.
Chaplin's first Essanay comedy - appropriately titled - was the only film he made at Essanay's Chicago studio. As with his Keystone films, A Film Johnnie and The Masquerader, Chaplin chose to set the action in a film studio. Charlie is hired as a prop man and is soon demoted to a carpenter's assistant at the Lodstone Studio (a play on his former employer, Keystone) before given the chance to act, which ends in disaster. The film was Chaplin's first pairing with cross-eyed comedian Ben Turpin and Features an early film appearance by Gloria Swanson as a stenographer.